Artist Spotlight: The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards

[FULL DISCLOSURE: Bearded Lady wasn’t alive when Dennis Edwards joined the Temptations in 1968. He was only six when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His earliest memories relating to the Temptations are from pop culture in the form of the 1991 Macaulay Culkin film My Girl and the 1998 made-for-television biopic The Temptations.]

I’m excited about seeing the Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards at the Fair this year. I know I’m not exactly the target audience for this show, but I think there is something timeless about great performances with strong voices, choreographed dancing and matching suits.

I am also curious to see which version of the Temptations comes to Raleigh. To me, the Temptations are actually two separate groups. On the one hand, the Temptations are the crooning, soft-spoken melodies of My Girl. On the other hand, they are the funky, freight-train rhythms of Grammy-award winning Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. I’m not a betting man, but with Dennis Edwards at the helm, Dorton Arena is more likely to hear the freight train coming when the Motown legends perform Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are only $10, and there are still some great seats available. Still deciding? Check out this video of the Temptations’ 1972 performance of Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone with Dennis Edwards on lead vocals.

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About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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